OK so you’re ready to redecorate. What next?
Colours! Aghh where to start? So overwhelming.. soo many choices!
I’ve listed my 7 steps to creating your own personal colour palette and it’s not as scary as you may think.
1.PICK A COLOUR – ANY COLOUR
- It can be daunting but once you make that first choice, it gets easier. Look around you for inspiration. Find it in the outdoors, the clothes you wear, your favourite rug or art work. (Click here for previous blog post)
2. THE COLOUR WHEEL
- In my previous blog I offered some strategies for colour combinations using the colour wheel using complimentary or contrasting schemes. Click here to read.
3. THE 60-30-10 RULE
- Divide up your colours into dominant (walls), secondary (upholstery) and accents (accessories). To create balance, use the lighter colours more and the bolder/darker colours on the smaller things like the decor and accessories.
4. THE RULE OF THREE
- Limited your colour choices to 3 is a fail safe approach. Not too overwhelming but enough to create interest.
5. DECORATE DARK TO LIGHT
- Take a cue from nature. Use darker values closer to floor like rugs, furniture, medium values on walls and lighter values on the ceiling.
Reference: Images thanks to Dulux
6. COLOUR CHARTS
- Visit your local paint store and pick up colour chart brochures. Take them home and compare them with your own personal belongings and style ie. clothing, furniture, artwork, decor. Also inspect them in different parts of the house under different lighting conditions.
7. ONLINE COLOUR GENERATORS
- If you’re (patient!) and really after something unique there are loads of palette generator tools available online. A quick google search will reveal plenty.
Of course, we’re not all creatively inclined… cue designers of the world!
Colour selection can be done so right but it can also be done sooo wrong. So if you’re struggling to get past step one, surrender to a designer for help.
We get off on doing this stuff!